Humanities

Bimonthly magazine providing review of notable humanities projects and developments.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 4, July/August

Books on Freedom
Fifteen books make up the We the People mem Bookshelf on Freedom, the second round of the NEH grant program that makes books available to community and school libraries. The bookshelf was announced on June 8 at Freedom Park in Rosslyn, Virginia, where...
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Fight of the Century
ON THE EVENING OF JUNE 22, 1938, the world turned towards two fighters in a ring in Yankee Stadium. Movie houses paused their films and broadcast the event over loudspeakers. In a country of 130 million people, seventy million Americans listened to the...
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Hawthorne's Virtual Salem
"t may be . . . that the greatgrandchildren of the present race may sometimes think kindly of the scribbler of bygone days," writes Nathaniel Hawthorne at the end of "The Custom House Sketch." Two hundred years W after Hawthorne's birth, audiences now...
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In Focus
Iowa's Christopher RossiCHRISTOPHER ROSSI, executive director of Humanities Iowa, sees a period of transition ahead as the face of the state is changing: "There are communities in Iowa where 40 percent of the children in public schools don't speak English...
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Isaac Bashevis Singer: Master Storyteller
IN AN INTERVIEW about his early years in America, Isaac Bashevis Singer said, "When I came to America I had a feeling of catastrophe. My only hope was to come to America. I foresaw that there would be no rest in Poland. Many people were too optimistic...
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PLayful Pursuits
Games from Asia to the WestBRIDGE, CHESS, backgammon, polo, and Snakes and Ladders have one thing in common: they all originated in pre-modern Asia and spread throughout the world. Games were transmitted from culture to culture by caravans, merchants,...
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Q & A
After Maier's lecture, scholars in the audience offered comments.HERMAN BELZ, professor of history at the University of Maryland:After speaking about the radical disjunction between the colonial period and the Revolution, you ask, "What difference does...
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Recollections from the Ring
FERDIE PACHECO IS A physician, a painter, a writer, a television producer, and a sports commentator. As a young doctor, he ran a free medical clinic in Miami. One of his visitors was fight trainer Angelo Dundee, who introduced him to a promising young...
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Recreating Pompey for Modern Eyes
IN 55 B.C.E., ROMANS applauded the debut of the world's first modern entertainment complex, a mammoth structure constructed by Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus-better known as Pompey the Great, military conqueror and rival to julius Caesar. The showy consul named...
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State by State
A Roundup of ActivitiesSponsored by the State Humanities CouncilsARIZONANavajo cultural specialists will combine traditional knowledge with modern botany in "Bringing Plants and People(s) Together in the Arboretum's Gardens." The program, held at the...
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Teaching the Nation's History
As part of WE THE PEOPLE, an initiative to foster the study of American history and culture, NEH held a forum in April on historical approaches to America's founding. In a keynote speech, professor Pauline Maier of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...
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The Fight of the Century
By all accounts it was a memorable moment in American life. On a cool June night, the son of a black Alabama sharecropper and a hero of the Third Reich squared off in a brightly lit sixteen-by-sixteen-foot boxing ring.The year was 1938 and the drama...
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The Nature of the Game: The Olympic Legacy
Little information exists concerning attitudes toward the hazards of combat sport in the ancient Near East and Egypt, but an abundance of witnesses show that Greek and Roman attitudes could hardly have been further from our own. The nature of these games...
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There's No Place like Kansas
THOUSANDS OF HOMESTEADERS AND COWBOYS passed through Kansas in the 187Os, at a time when few buffalo remained, and none ranged freely-but the song "Home on the Range," with its catchy first line "Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam," appealed to...
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